Own goal sinks Sunderland vs Spurs in league

??John O’Shea’s own-goal condemned Sunderland to a demoralizing

home defeat on Saturday as Tottenham handed under-fire manager

Andre Villas-Boas a second successive victory in the Premier

League.

??The Republic of Ireland international turned Moussa Dembele’s

50th-minute cross past goalkeeper Vito Mannone at the Stadium of

Light, leaving the Black Cats deep in trouble at the foot of the

table.

??It was the fifth time this season a Sunderland player had put

through his own goal.

??Sunderland took the lead in the 37th when Adam Johnson

capitalized on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ blunder to score his first

league goal of the season. But Paulinho levelled at close range

within six minutes after a headed pass from Nacer Chadli and Spurs

never looked back.

Sunderland was convinced it deserved a 75th-minute penalty after

substitute Sandro appeared to block Sebastian Larsson’s corner with

his arm.

Tottenham beat Fulham 2-1 midweek and is sixth with 27 points

from 15 games.